Zelenskyy, leaders of four states visit Bucha on anniversary of its liberation
Zelenskyy, together with the president of Moldova and the prime ministers of Slovakia, Slovenia and Croatia, visited Bucha (Photo:Офіс президента)
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy along with the heads of several foreign states and governments visited the town of Bucha of Kyiv Oblast on March 31, on the anniversary of its liberation from Russian occupation, the president’s press service reported.
Together with Molodvan President Maia Sandu, Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger, Slovenian Prime Minister Robert Golob, and Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, Zelenskyy honored the memory of Bucha residents murdered by the Russian army during its occupation of the town.
The ceremony took place near the Church of the Holy Apostle Andrew the First-Called and All Saints in Bucha — near where a mass grave of murdered Ukrainian citizens was discovered a year ago.
The names of 77 identified persons who had been buried in the mass grave near the church, as well as 11 servicemen killed in battles for Bucha, were read out during the ceremony.
After the Russian invasion forces fled from Kyiv Oblast, the world saw the aftermath of their atrocities, with hundreds of civilians being murdered, and their bodies dumped in mass graves.
The bodies of peaceful citizens tortured and killed by Russians were also found strewn across the streets in the towns of Bucha and Irpin, as well as near the Kyiv-Zhytomyr highway.
On April 14, 2022, the Ukrainian parliament voted to declare the actions of Russia and its army as genocide of the Ukrainian people.
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